Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Common tasks and servanthood

The trivial round, the common task,
Will furnish all we ought to ask;
Room to deny ourselves, a road
To bring us daily nearer God.

-- John Keble

The Lord has been teaching me so much recently - and I am so thankful for His pruning work in my life, I really am. I am so glad that I'm not the same girl I was back when I graduated college or married Dave; that girl has had a lot of growing up to do! The Lord has graciously brought me along, orchestrating just the right circumstances and weaving them into my life in a way that allows me become a little more like Him.

I have so far to go though. I know this when old battles creep up, unexpected, and I fail again. I know this when I hear a message preached on loving like the Savior does, and I can't help but think of how short I fall in this area. How often I just love myself more than others, if I am being truly honest. I was reminded of this again one morning this week, while sitting in my favorite chair on a dreary morning, as I read His words,

"just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

How little I am like Him! He came to give His life, and here I am ... always trying to snatch mine back. Oh, this convicts me so much!

The disciples were concerned with who was going to be the greatest - the Savior's response is so different. He shows true greatness by serving, by willingly pouring Himself out for others. I long for this to be my natural response too.

My mom once told me, "You will know you have a servant's heart when people start treating you like one." Something I've never forgotten... can people depend on me to be a willing servant?

I came across the little poem at the top of the page this morning - and what a good reminder. I need these daily tasks at home, this *cross* that He has chosen for me to bear, different though it may be each day, as a way to bring me nearer to God. They give me room to deny myself, which is what I need. Less of me, more of Him. So that I can learn His ways, His responses, His heart....

Help me embrace each moment, Lord, as an opportunity to learn from You. Make me more like Yourself!


Kelly said...

A wonderful reminder to have a servants heart, Rachel! Thank you!

The Daniel Den said...

Thanks For the encouragement. I appreciate you sharing your growth......
I just want to thank the Lord for molding us and picking each lesson to us and for us specifically.
Iron sharpens iron and we need to remember that to be disciplined and make ourselves personal....open to one another......

regardless of how "close" we our we need to serve. we afterall are spending eternity together.... Let us lift one another up in prayer, hard times, and times of blessing....

Love ya-

bandanachick said...

I loved this post. I've watched you grow and mature and I'm always so encouraged by what the Lord is doing in your life.
I love that quote by mom, I hadn't heard her say that, but it is so true. She knows all about that. :)

HopiQ said...

Thank you for your example to me, up close and personal. :) Your love for the Savior shines through in so many ways.